Mailbox project! -Abby

Hello guys, Abby here! Sorry for not posting a ton! My dad and I started this project a few weeks ago and actually just finished today! About 15 years ago my grandpa built a mailbox for the property we currently live on. That mailbox was falling over and needed a pick-me-up…

So I decided why not make a whole new mailbox with even a bigger mailbox for packages and stuff!

We then went out to our old mailbox and knocked it down…

 

We then went back and finished all the things on the mailbox and set it up!

 

Power tools used: screwdriver, saw, and chainsaw. All the materials we used were leftovers from other projects. The only cost was: screws/nails, paint, concrete, numbers, and the actual mailbox.

 

What do you guys think of it? Anything fun or interesting you noticed?

DIY Locust Fence Project

Hey guys! So recently with all the “extra” time on my hands (actually I don’t really have any since I still have school and work stuff). Either way, my dad and I built a fence for my flower garden a few days ago.  Last year the deer had gotten in and eaten my rose plant *gasp* and we also wanted to turn it into a hand railing for my grandparents…so instead of going and buying a bunch of expensive posts and stuff, we went into our woods and cut down locust trees.

An interesting fact about Locust trees: They were created with self-preservation in them. So you don’t need to worry about any icky chemicals from pressure treated posts you’d buy at the store.

 

We cut the posts to 6 feet long and buried them about two feet in the ground (maybe a little less). After securing them into the ground by pounding the dirt and stone around it till firm (we didn’t use concrete as this is just a flower bed).

We then measured for the railings and cut down a locust tree that was already dead and had a split through it. We used wedges to split the tree along the original split and it went easily thankfully! We used one side of the newly split tree as a bottom railing and attached it with 8 inch long bolts (we predrilled so as not to take forever trying to get the bolts attached).

For the top railing, we wanted to use the other half of the split tree but it was all wacky in shape so we instead went into the woods and found a small locust tree for the hand railing. We ended up having to cut a small grove in it to get it to bend in the right direction but it worked out well! We attached it with 3-inch long wood screws two for every post. 

We then trimmed down the tops of the posts so they all reached 4 feet high and we trimmed off the ends of the railings so they matched (we also attached the railing on when end so it came flush with our porch).

Annnd that’s it! 

We still want to sand it down (which I’m currently working on) and maybe polyurethane it in the summer to keep it from wearing down.

Supplies we used: Small locust trees, bolts, wood screws, screwdriver, and a chainsaw.

Cost: Probably 5 dollars at the most!

 

We made this entire project using only a drill/screwdriver (I can’t remember the name of them) and a chainsaw…in saying this I want to be VERY clear the chainsaw was used only by my dad and we all wore protective shoes incase of any slipups. PLEASE never use any type of cutting device without your parent’s permission.

 

Have a great day everyone!

The Crazy Process of Making a Bunkbed!

Hey guys! Sooo this week just flew by and now I’m trying to imagine where the week went! Not much is new here so I’ll just get right into the post! 

 

So a few months ago my sister L asked for her Birthday if my dad and I would make her a bunk bed/desk…which was one of the hardest wood projects we’ve ever attempted! Not only does our shed not fit that large a wood project we also ran into a lot of weird wood shapes we had to work with! 

We used mostly pine and we did use plywood to make the box for the bed to sit on. All the wood we used was from our own property (minus the plywood – the pine was trees we’d cut down and had cut into boards)…unfortunately we had to work around a lot of problems (warped from rain, knots in the wood…etc)

Price:

White Paint – $36

Wood Screws – $20

8 Wood Bolts $1.50 each – $12

The end price was about 70ish dollars, which is awesome because after searching around some of the lower prices for the kind of bunk bed she wanted is about $350, and the highest about 1,000. What was awesome about building it ourselves, was that we could customize it to her height! I didn’t get any pictures through the process (which I will be doing from now on).

The time it took to make: About 15 hours – and because of schedule conflicts, it took us about a month in total to finish it. Making it officially the longest project! 

Basically, we started with the plywood box (the part where the bed sits), then we made the legs and VERY carefully stood it up…after that, we simply had to put on the braces, make a ladder, desk, and the railings. 

 

Funny story about all the “fun” we had bringing it inside…so if you look closely you’ll realize that the bed isn’t exactly light looking so how we brought it in was we took the whole thing apart and carried it in then reset it up! When we took it apart dad and I literally stood underneath it and held it up while the girls took the legs out from underneath it. And guys….it was HEAVY! So me being me, I “tried” to balance some of the weight on my head (does anyone else do that, or am I the only one?). Anyways that didn’t help at all, except to lose my grip even more which didn’t help my poor head at all! 😂😂😂

*Moral of the story – Don’t balance anything over a hundred pounds on your head…it hurts!

dmsfkfnsq1swtywjdenw.jpg

And the end result is…….

fullsizeoutput_b2f
blurring for privacy…

I really like the result and she really enjoys it! The cat has even concurred his fears and climbed the ladder!

*note: no one was hurt in the process of making this bed…except for the few bruises, cuts, headaches, and scrapes.

 

fullsizeoutput_b30

Also, I came across this picture my sister took of Winnie and me! I believe the photo was taken right after we finished moving a mattress so I just plopped down there and Winnie came over to snuggle! Our reaction towards each other is hilarious! 

Making a Small Wooden Bench

Hey guys! Just recently my dad and I made a small bench for the end of our table! We used many leftover materials we had laying around from a project we had done recently…I’ll be posting about the project soon! Here’s how we made it, how much it cost us, and how long it took! The materials we used were pine for the legs and support pieces and the top was from an old desk we ripped down for other projects. Enjoy 🙂

First, we cut out the design for the legs of the bench!
Next, we cut out the top and sanded down the rough spots
We also sanded down the legs to keep the splinters away
We attached the legs and top together…..
We then attached two support pieces to the side to make it a bit more sturdy
Finished result selfie!!

 

Dimensions: 

Width length – 38 inches

Length (from legs to top piece) – 18 inches

Seat width – 11 7/8 inches

 

Cost: 

Wood – used scrap pieces laying around

Glue – used older wood glue (not sure what that would have cost)

Screws – 4ish dollars

Sandpaper – used an older piece from another project

In the end…this project cost about 6 dollars

 

Time: About 1 and a half hours from start to finish!

 

Just this evening I found the cat trying it out for the first time! 

831jZW88Sx+kWCRHOBCaLg

In the end, this project was super easy and not at all expensive! Let me know what you think about it in the comments below 🙂